The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated its "deep regret" in connection with the introduction of EU sanctions against Russian partners of Siemens and the Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Andrei Cherezov, and stressed that it has the right to retaliate. This is stated in a message posted on the MFA website.
"Brussels' decision to include a number of Russian officials and firms in the EU sanctions list as a response for allegedly" illegitimate "supply of gas turbines to the Crimea by the Siemens concern causes deep regret. We consider this step initiated by Berlin to be unfriendly and unfounded," the message says.
At the same time, the department stressed that responsibility for possible economic expences of Siemens and other German, as well as European companies operating in Russia, due to this decision lies entirely on the EU and the German government.
"We save the right to respond," the report says.
At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry added that, despite the emerging situation, Russia is interested in preserving and progressive development of economic cooperation with Germany and the EU.